The 10 square miles that make up White Plains is home to almost 58,000 residents, though with so many people commuting in for work, the daytime weekday population is estimated at 250,000. All those people makes for shopping, and dining, and living options galore.
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There’s a great mix of modern urban living and quiet neighborhoods with single family homes. With 35 named neighborhoods in the city, there are a lot of corners to explore.
The White Plains Hospital is a state-of-the-art facility that just underwent renovations and updates. The ER waiting time is notoriously short and the maternity ward was just updated to include six 400-square-feet labor-and-delivery suites that allow new moms to deliver their babies and recover in the same room.
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For the Kids
White Plains has lots of entertainment for little ones. For the very little ones, there’s a free play space inside the Westchester Mall that’s perfect for a shopping break. Head to the American Girl resale boutique called Girl AGain, which sells gently used American Girl dolls and accessories and holds events such as crafts and workshops. The White Plains library has kids programming, or find a kid-friendly event at the County Center. Past events have included a Reptile Expo, Disney Live, and Sesame Street Live.
AMENITIES & RECREATION
If you’re looking for a neighborhood playground, there’s Battle Hill Park, Chatterton Playground, Delfino Park, Bruce Park, Mattison Park, Mitchell Place Tot Lot, Turnure Park, and many more. For big places to play, there’s Saxon Woods Park, a huge greenspace with playground equipment for all ages, a pool and aquatic playground, golf and mini-golf. There are also are two other golf courses and Ebersole ice rink. The city of White Plains organizes youth programs for kids 5 to 18. They can practice acting, art, swimming, yoga, as well as all the traditional kid sports leagues. There are also plenty of adult programs such as sports leagues, swimming, fitness classes, and dance.
Food & Drink
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There’s plenty of shopping in White Plains at all price points. Feeling tony? The Westchester Mall has Tiffany, Burberry and Louis Vuitton among its designer shops. Or head to the Galleria Mall for H&M, Macy’s, and Old Navy. Bloomingdale’s first opened in Westchester (on Bloomingdale Road, of course!) in 1974, and retains its old-fashioned department store charm. If you need a little bit of everything, the City Center at White Plains is a mixed-use shopping center with a Target, Barnes & Noble, and Nordstrom Rack.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Head to the Mamaroneck Avenue for loads of dining and bar options. There are so many options you’ll never have the same night twice. White Plains has tons of options for entertainment, including a movie theatre, an ecape room, and a performing arts center. The County Center hosts hundreds of regional and national events.
White Plains was used as farmland by members of the Mohican nation, who called it “the white plains” either because of the white balsam which are said to have covered the ground, or from the heavy mist that hovered near the Bronx River’s swampy banks. White Plains was incorporated as a village in 1866 with a population of about 2,500, and as a city in 1916 when the population had grown to about 27,000.